Four top eight results
for local players
East Elgin Eagles Wall and Cattysse lose to
eventual gold and bronze medalists
in girls' doubles at the WOSSAA senior badminton
By Rob J. Ross
STRATHROY, Ont. -
The OFSAA drought
continues for South Division schools in badminton.
No one from the South
(Elgin County schools) or Lord Dorchester, advanced
to OFSAA, from the WOSSAA senior badminton
championships, April 28, at Strathroy DCI.
Three teams and two
individuals did finish in the top eight.
East Elgin Eagles'
girls' doubles team of Selecia Wall and Ella
Cattrysse finished seventh overall. Their losses
were to the eventual champions, Rylie Mizak and
Monique Van Eyk and the bronze medalists, Morrisey
and Hanham, both from London Aquinas.
Evan Boldt, in men's singles and Samantha Heng, in
girls' singles, both finished eighth.
West Elgin Wildcats
girls' doubles team of Ella Mairleitner and Karleigh
Bodkin, also placed eighth.
Central Elgin Titans
Emma Westbrook, in girls' singles and Titans' boys'
doubles team of Liam Miskelly and Marcus Sao, both
Glencoe's John Van
Bilsen was 1-2 in boys' singles, while teammate
Adrian Barnes was 0-2.
Two mixed doubles
teams, Parkside Stampeders Vincent Moore and Lillie
Penner and East Elgin Eagles Kaleigh Kummer and Alan
Wall, came up empty in each of their two matches.
Parkside's girls' doubles Savannah Page and Grayson
Moore and Julia Telford, in girls' singles, also
were 0-2. Dorchester's boys' doubles David Johnston
and Ben Staeyart, were 0-2.
London Aquinas won the
team title, led by gold medals from Mizak and Van
Eyk and their mixed doubles pair of Rachel Goris and
The top two in each of
the five disciplines, advance to OFSAA is May 5-7,
Last time Dorchester
was at OFSAA badminton, was in 2016, with girls'
doubles Emily Granger and Samantha Foster. That same
year, East Elgin's mixed doubles Abbey Tayloy and
Cooper Van Vlaanderen finished third.
The last South
Division school to qualify for OFSAA was Glencoe, in
2012. The Gaels boys' doubles team of Greg Gosnell
and Nick Moxan had quite the career, winning WOSSAA
in 2010, placing third in 2011, before taking the
silver medal in 2012. Glencoe won the team title in
2010, with Kam Gabison placing third in boys'
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